The buds swell imperceptibly, without hurry or confusion, as if the short spring days were an eternity.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, pp. 110-111, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
It is disturbing to discover in oneself these curious revelations of the validity of the Darwinian theory. If it is true that we have sprung from the ape, there are occasions when my own spring appears not to have been very far.
(Cornelia Otis Skinner (1901-1979), U.S. author, actor. "The Ape in Me," The Ape in Me (1959).)
The first sparrow of spring! The year beginning with younger hope than ever!... What at such a time are histories, chronologies, traditions, and all written revelations? The brooks sing carols and glees to the spring.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 342, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Jesus' Fig Tree: He did belittle you.. but soon he'll bebig you.. and in the spring with blooms he will wig you.. in summer he'll summon a jade garb to resprig you.. and in the fall on patient twigs with fresh fruit he'll refig you.
My dear old grandfather Litcock said, just before they sprung the trap, you can't cheat an honest man. Never give a sucker an even break or smarten up a chump.
(George Marshall, and Eddie Cline. Larsen E. Whipsnade (W.C. Fields), You Can't Cheat an Honest Man, retort to a man who accuses him of dishonesty (1939).
Fields' old friend Eddie Cline was the uncredited director for all the comedian's scenes.)
Whatever does not spring from a man's free choice, or is only the result of instruction and guidance, does not enter into his very being, but still remains alien to his true nature; he does not perform it with truly human energies, but merely with mechanical exactness.
(Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt (1767-1835), German statesman, philologist. Limits of State Action, ch. 3 (1792, repr. 1854), trans. and ed. by J.W. Burrow (1969).)